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Let's Talk: Conversations on Race

Let's Talk: Conversations on Race

By Nicole Doyley
Thoughtful discussions about RACE. For more about Nicole Doyley or to read her blog, go to
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Four Months Later: reflections on the January 6th insurrection
When we gladly left 2020 behind, who would have thought that 2021 would start with an attempted coup d'état?  The January 6th insurrection was offensive and troubling on many levels.  We can't afford to forget it and do what it takes to ensure that it never happens again.  During this last episode of Season 3, I provide some thoughts and reflections on that terrible day.
April 21, 2021
Mothers, Babies and Covid 19
Do doctors treat White and Black patients differently?  Why is the mortality rate higher among Black women and babies, and why have so many people of color died from Covid-19?  Join us for an incredible interview with Dr. Jessica Long.
April 9, 2021
Trauma, Addiction and Daniel Prude
In this episode, I interview Dr. Louisa Olushoga, a psychiatrist who serves poor communities in Chicago.  We discuss trauma, collective trauma and addiction.  And then she shares her thoughts on Daniel Prude, a mental health patient who was killed by police in Rochester NY in 2020.
March 26, 2021
Was Jackie Robinson Exceptional?
The Myth of the "Exceptional Negro" goes something like this: "Most Black people are subpar, but every once in a while, one rises up and does something great."  This is of course a myth.  Black excellence has always been there, and it will flourish more, as more opportunity opens up.
March 12, 2021
The notion that former slaves and descendants of slaves should be given reparations has been kicked around since the close of the Civil War.  We've been talking about it for 150 years and have never actually provided them.  Why not, and is it too late now?
February 26, 2021
When White Families Adopt Black Children
Forty percent of US adoptions are transracial.  This shows progress in our culture: no longer do couples only want to adopt children who look like them.  But what are some of the challenges the children who grow up in these homes face?  Melissa Luckey joins us and tells her transracial adoption story.  What are some of the things she and her husband are doing to help their boys grow up with a health racial identity?
February 11, 2021
Racial Bias in the Child Welfare System
Why are there so many children in foster care and why are so many of them Black?  In this episode, I have a conversation with Dr. Ashley Cross, an expert in the foster care field.  We discuss the leading causes of child neglect and abuse and why a disproportional number of children who are removed from their homes are Black.
January 28, 2021
Where Would We Be Without Dr. King?
Season 3 begins with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr,   How extraordinary it was that King insisted that the movement he lead be nonviolent.  He witnessed gross injustice, but he never encouraged retaliation.  His March on Washington was the linchpin which finally moved JFK off the fence and motivated him to write the Civil Rights Act.  Where would we be if King hadn't lead this historic movement?
January 15, 2021
First a Man: growing up in a Black nation
In this final episode of Season 2, I interview my husband, Dr. Marvin Doyley.  He talks about the benefit of growing up in Jamaica, where he never even thought about race.  This provided a strong foundation which helped him to navigate the racism he experienced in England and later, in America. 
October 9, 2020
Let's Get Rid of Black History Month
I have been a vigorous defender of Black History Month, but I've changed my mind.  
October 2, 2020
Nothing New Under the Sun
We've seen racial protests, demonstrations, boycotts and riots for the last 100 years.   What have they accomplished - and is there an end in sight?  My son, Ben, joins me at the end for the last word.
September 25, 2020
Race and the Church
In this episode, I interview Dr. Christopher House.  Dr. House resigned from the faculty of Liberty University, after former president Jerry Falwell Jr published a racist tweet.  He tells us what went down at Liberty, and then we delve into the good, the bad and the ugly of the church's involvement in slavery, the Civil Rights Movement and the current movement for racial justice. 
September 20, 2020
The Talk
How can parents talk to their children about racism?  This week I speak with author April Randolph discussing how to teach our black children about the realities of racism, without instilling fear or anger, and how we can talk to our white children about being compassionate, aware anti-racists.
September 11, 2020
Racial Bias in America
We are fortunate to live in a country with so many freedoms.  Nevertheless, racial bias runs deep.   In this week's episode, we look at where we are and how we got here -- and why we're still plagued with it.
September 4, 2020
Statues, Flags and Heroes
Grassroots organizations are demanding that certain statues be removed; this is actually happening all over the Western world.  But while some applaud this, others fear the erasure of our history.  How do we determine which statues stay and which statues go?
August 28, 2020
Racial Bias in Sentencing and Incarceration and the Defunding of Police
In this final episode of season one, we invited Criminal Defense Attorney, John Bradley, back to finish discussing racial bias in the criminal justice system and what defunding police might look like.
June 26, 2020
Making Black Friends is Easier Said Than Done
In our last episode, we talked about the importance of having black friends.  The truth is, this is can be difficult.  There may be very few black people in your community, or it just may feel awkward.  But if we don't have black friends, it can be very easy to allow other people and the media to shape our view of black people, and racism will just be passed down from one generation to the next.
June 19, 2020
What Next?
In this episode, Community Organizer Aisha Bussey joins me in discussing next steps following the murder of George Floyd.  As protests fade out and the nation goes back to semi-normal after COVID, what are some practical things we can do to bring lasting change?
June 12, 2020
Riots and Curfews
The murder of George Floyd by a police officer sparked protests all over the world.  Some of the protests turned violent.  Though there is no excuse for rioting, these riots are symptomatic of deeper problems within the criminal justice system.  Let's not get distracted by the symptom, but rather go deep and find the cause.
June 4, 2020
A Bird Watcher and a Dog
In Central Park, a man asked a woman to leash her dog.  Rather than just saying, "Sure!" she called 911 and told dispatch that a black man was trying to hurt her.  She weaponized his color.  This was disturbing, but perhaps more disturbing was the fact many were more distraught over her treatment of her dog,  than of her treatment of the man.  
May 29, 2020
Ahmaud Arbery and The Racial Bias of the Criminal Justice System
On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was killed by two men who thought he looked suspicious.  These two men were only arrested when a video emerged - over two months later.  Ahmaud was black; the two men are white.  In this episode, I interview attorney, John Bradley, who talks about the case from a legal point of view and then we discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system in general. 
May 26, 2020
Breaking the Silence
This is a  shorter version of a talk I gave at Rochester's Institute of Technology in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In it, I discuss why we in America are encouraged to remember some events, like 9-11, but we're encouraged to stop talking about other things, like slavery, Jim Crow and current racial issues.  It's crucial for us as a people to remember all of our past, not so that we can become bitter, but so that we can better understand others -- and prevent history from repeating itself.
May 23, 2020
What do Colin Kaepernick, Viola Davis and Lebron James Have in Common?
In this episode, we'll try to understand why more and more black athletes and celebrities are using their positions of influence to underscore racial injustice.
May 23, 2020